Terrorizer Interview: Boris


Boris is currently on tour - Click HERE to see all dates

With their new album ‘Noise’, Japanese doom mavericks Boris have managed to combine the melodic, poppy approach of their recent work with the crushing weight of their earlier, heavier material. Jonathan Dick caught up with the band to find out how they did it, and caught a fascinating glimpse into the trio’s creative process…

The fact that Boris take their name from a Melvins song has proved itself to be a more than appropriate connection between two bands whose sound has become as well known for being unpredictable and difficult to categorize as it has for being influential to a number of artists and bands from an incredibly wide range of styles. In their twenty-two years of existence as a band, the Boris sound has mutated from the band’s earliest days with experimental noise to the more pop balanced stylings of their recent releases. Though each of their nineteen releases, including this year’s excellent ‘Noise’, are inherently different from each other with the trio of Atsuo (drums/vocals), Wata (guitar/keyboards/vocals), and Takeshi (bass/guitar/lead vocals) as resistant as ever to anything but change – the band’s central musical theme is still unwaveringly set on loud. It’s a commonality that finds the band again sharing the same aesthetic stage with their namesake who, for all their genre bending, will always be an immovable force in the realm of the loud and the heavy.

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The Guardian premieres the full album stream of Adebisi Shank a week before release

Adebisi Shank.

Irish math rock outfit Adebisi Shank take a ‘say what you see’ approach to naming records: This Is The Third Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank follows sophomore effort This Is The Second Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank and debut - you guessed it - This Is The Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank.

If Adebisi Shank’s album naming methods are a little functional, sonically they are anything but: the band were inspired by a diverse spread of influences in creating TITTOABCAS, including ELO, Enya, Mike Oldfield, Pixar, Crash Bandicoot and Game of Thrones. The result is a retro-futurist brand of math that sounds as close to 80s soft rock and hair metal as it does to the tricksy likes of Battles and Don Caballero.

The album will be released worldwide on Sargent House on August 12th.

Chelsea Wolfe releases The Waves Have Come, Starts European Tour on July 25th


Earlier this year, Chelsea Wolfe shared an intense video for her Pain Is Beauty track "Feral Love", which was an excerpt from a 52-minute film called Lone. Wolfe co-wrote the film with director Mark Pellington, who did Pearl Jam’s iconic “Jeremy” video and clips for Michael Jackson, Nine Inch Nails, U2, and others, plus the films Arlington RoadThe Mothman Prophecies, and more.

Today, she’s shared another excerpt from that movie, this time a video for the track "The Waves Have Come". Watch it below, via V Magazine.

In a statement, Wolfe said of the video:

“Most of this video is footage from the first time Mark and I shot together—he had built this dark room full of green ivy and it was just me, the dress from the album cover, a few lights, and him. It was the first time I realized what a director really is. Suddenly he was shouting, guiding me with instructions, emotions, telling me to act as if everything I was singing about—disaster and the loss of life and love—that it was all inside of me and at the same time to act as an observer of these things. He cut it together with found footage of families, intense nature and destruction and created this cathartic journey through it all.”

Lone is available now on a USB drive and will be out digitally this fall. Below the video, find Wolfe’s upcoming tour dates, including a few shows co-headlining with Deafheaven.

Chelsea Wolfe on Tour 2014:
07-25 Barcelos, Portugal - Milhões de Festa
07-29 Toulouse, France - Le Métronum
07-30 Milano, Italy - Magnolia
07-31 Munich, Germany - Feierwerk
08-02 Katowice, Poland - OFF Festival
08-03 Dresden, Germany - Beatpol *
08-04 Vienna, Austria - Arena Wien *
08-05 Sibenik, Croatia - SuperUho Festival
08-07 Budapest, Hungary - A38
08-09 Copenhagen, Denmark - Wasn’t Born to Follow Festival
08-10 Hannover, Germany - Cafe Glocksee
08-12 Amsterdam, Netherlands - MelkWeg
08-13 Brussels, Belgium - Le Brass
08-14 Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Congés Annulés
08-15 London, England - ATP Presents - Excel Centre (Jabberwocky)
08-16 Manchester, England - ATP Presents - Gorilla *
11-08 Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest

* with Deafheaven

Boris’ US Headline Tour begins Tonight, July 24th

Boris begin their headline tour across America in support of their newly released album Noise starting on July 24th in San Diego and ending at the already Sold Out FYF Fest in Los Angeles on August 23rd. They have also just announced a special NY show at Saint Vitus that will be a drumless drone set on August 4th the day after their traditional set that they will play in NY at Bowery Ballroom on August 3rd. 

See ALL Boris Tour Dates, Ticket Links and Details HERE and below

BORIS “Live Noise Alive Tour 2014”
07/24 San Diego, CA @ Casbah !!
07/25 Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom !!
07/26 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress !!
07/28 Dallas, TX @ Trees ++
07/29 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk ++
07/31 Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West ** &
08/01 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle ** &
08/02 Washington, DC @ 930 Club ** &
08/03 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom ** &
08/04 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus (‘drumless drone set’)
08/05 Boston, MA @ Paradise ** &
08/07 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace ** &
08/08 Buffalo, NY @ Tralf ** &
08/09 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick ** &
08/10 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge ** &
08/11 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall ** &
08/12 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club ** &
08/14 Missoula, MT @ Stage 112 &
08/15 Spokane, WA @ Big Dipper ^
08/16 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile #^
08/17 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre #^
08/18 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge #^
08/20 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent #
08/21 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium #
08/22 San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brew #
08/23 Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest

!! w/ Mustard Gas & Roses
++ w/ Ceremony & Nothing
** w/ The Atlas Moth
& w/ SubRosa
^ w/ Master Musicians of Bukkake
# w/ Marriages

Noise is out now via Sargent House
Order Noise on Vinyl or CD here

Bandwagon Singapore Feature: Sonic Sanctuaries - At Home with Sargent House



With Russian Circles coming for the third time to our side of the dirt, we couldn’t help but notice the very firm relationship our own KittyWu Records have with Sargent House, the record label responsible behind so many brilliant music outfits, including the post-metal trio as well. With a little help from KittyWu and Incursive productions, we’ve had the pleasure of having our face melted and minds shattered watching Deafheaven, And So I Watch You From Afar live this year, not to mention catching the mighty Russian Circles twice, back in 2010 and 2012. In all the aforementioned gigs, the Sargent House artists have unquestionably and consistently proven that they’re among the finest in their respective genres, and put up helluva outstanding live shows while at it too. 

So just how did Sargent House ascended to the echelons of worldwide prominence as one of the most successful independent labels around, representing all our favorite independent bands? The Sargent House origin story is an intriguing one, with one enterprising individual at the centre of it all: Cathy Pellow. Before a stint at Atlantic records as a freelance music video commissioner, she had formed her own music video production company Refused TV producing videos for the likes of Paramore, Fall Out Boy, Train and most notably Cee Lo Green’s “F*ck You” - and that’s where she formed relationships with the bands that would eventually make it into her label roster. 

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Now Spinning the podcast interview with Sargent House owner Cathy Pellow about why …

Cathy got asked a lot of questions about her history and how and why she started Sargent House . She answered them. Click above to stream the podcast interview with her on Now Spinning.

Gizmodo premiere of new Adebisi Shank track “Voodoo Vision”

Adebisi Shank: Voodoo Vision

Just the other day, I shared an Adebisi Shank song with you guys not only because I loved it but because I thought it was on their new album. It wasn’t, at least that version. But this version, revealed exclusively here at Gizmodo (oooOOOooo), is.

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Sargent House European Take Over ArcTangent & Dublin Label Show - Tera Melos give the first Podcast Interview

This August in Europe is a Sargent House bands take over! We have so many bands all coming over to play this years ArcTangent Festival in Bristol, UK on the weekend of August 28-30th. But before that all starts we will be kicking off the whole thing with our own Sargent House Label show in Dublin on August 27th at Button Factory with Russian Circles, And So I Watch You From Afar, Tera Melos, Emma Ruth Rundle, Mylets & No Spill Blood. (Get Early Bird Tickets ASAP Here)

Listen to the first of the ATG/ SH band interview/podcasts with drummer, John Clardy of Tera Melos below:

Chelsea Wolfe’s first two albums now re-issued on Sargent House - Pre-Orders for Vinyl now Live

Chelsea Wolfe “Apokalypsis” is now available for pre-order in limited edition colored vinyl “Orange/Black Smoke” limited to 1,000 comes with download card. Orders will ship on July 20th from the Chelsea Wolfe store only.
CD and Vinyl will be release by Sargent House to stores starting August 26th - in Black Vinyl.
Also now available is the album shirt - sold separately or as part of the vinyl bundle that also comes with 3x3 Album magnet - PRE-ORDER HERE

Chelsea Wolfe is going on tour in Europe in July / August and will also have these two titles in vinyl with her on tour. SEE ALL TOUR DATES HERE

HEAR Apokalypsis or DL below

Chelsea Wolfe debut album “The Grime And The Glow” is also now available for pre-order in limited edition colored vinyl “Grey/Black Smoke” limited to 1,000 comes with download card. Orders will ship on July 20th from the Chelsea Wolfe store only.
CD and Vinyl will be available in stores starting August 26th - in Black Vinyl.
The first 250 pre-orders on this vinyl bundle will come with a 3x3 Album magnet - PRE-ORDER HERE

HEAR The Grime And The Glow or DL below

Google Play Label Spotlight on Sargent House - Great Deals on a ton of our albums

Right now Google Play is shining their label spotlight on Sargent House and that means you can get some of our most amazing records new and old for really great prices. Check it out HERE and thanks for supporting.

Happy Release Day: Boris “Noise” Out Now with stellar reviews

Boris' Noise was released worldwide today on Sargent House / Sargent House Europe. In Japan the album will be coming out on Tearbridge Records.  

Noise is available on Double LP vinyl (w/ Download Card) , CD and digitally everywhere. There is also a Deluxe version that has 6 bonus live songs on Itunes.

To order online the Vinyl or CD from Boris go HERE.
The album can also be streamed and or downloaded in any file size on the bands digital site HERE

BORIS will be doing a full US Tour this Summer in support of the new album SEE ALL TOUR DATES HERE

The reviews are also starting to roll in, with a lot of great things being said about Noise…

“The Japanese trio have earned a seat at the pantheon of heaviness: the alchemy by which the act of listening to loud rock music is transformed into an encounter with the sublime.” – Pitchfork, Review [7.8]

“The songs on Noise all fit nicely and naturally into a well-considered larger statement, making it one of Boris’ most captivating and all-encompassing efforts in their abundant and colorful oeuvre.” – All Music Guide, Review [4/5 - Editor’s choice]

  “Noise is all that makes Boris Boris, wrapped up in a Dark, alarmingly ear friendly package.” - Metal Hammer, Review [8/10]

“Noise is perhaps one of their defining statements in that it combines every approach the band has adopted previously and combines them in one breathtaking record.” - MusicOMH, Review [4/5]

”.. a staggering, cathartic masterpiece that won’t have much competition in terms of quality in 2014. If you’re new to Boris, take a chance on them – this is already my album of the year, and given one listen, there’s a chance it’ll become yours too."     The Line Of Best Fit [8.5/10]

Pitchfork Album Review: Boris “Noise”


Shortly before the halfway point of “Angel”, the eighteen-minute centerpiece of Boris’ latest record, the band’s guitarist Wata chases after God. The instrument of her noble pursuit is an extravagant, elegiac solo: her axe weeps and wails like a professional mourner, eventually tearing the surrounding space asunder to allow everything—the dark and the light, the leaden and the featherweight—to rush in. It’s this sensation that’s earned the Japanese trio a seat at the pantheon of heaviness: this alchemy by which the act of listening to loud rock music is transformed into an encounter with the sublime.

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Stream “Big Unit” from This Is The Third Album of A Band Called Adebisi Shank - Out on August 12, 2014


We are delighted to share with you the first new Adebisi Shank track called “Big Unit” from their upcoming album entitled This Is The Third Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank which will be released worldwide by Sargent House / Sargent House Europe on August 12, 2014

Stream “Big Unit”

Artist: Adebisi Shank
Album: This Is The Third Album of A Band Called Adebisi Shank
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: August 12th, 2014
Artwork by : Sonny Kay

01. World In Harmony
02. Big Unit
03. Turnaround
04. Mazel Tov
05. Thundertruth
06. Sensation
07. Chaos Emeralds
08. Voodoo Vision
09. (trio always)

Want to hear more Adebisi Shank? Go Here

NPR Music First Listen: Boris “Noise” Full Album Stream a week before Release


Click above to stream

To pay undivided attention to the Japanese experimental band would make it hard to keep up with the rest of modern music. Since 1996, the group has released 20 studio albums — as well as 11 collaborations with high-profile artists like psychedelic guitar phantoms Keiji Haino (Fushitsusha, Nazoranai) and Michio Kurihara (Ghost), noise lord Merzbow, and seismic drone outfit — and enough live recordings, demos, EPs and other collectibles to fill a laundry basket.

To Boris' credit, all that work covers a vast swath of music: lead-lined doom, stoner rock, heavy sludge, drone, shoegaze, loud pop, avant-garde experiments and shades of alternative rock. It's hard to know what to expect from the band once its latest record is finished; each successive release presents another shade of Boris, while moving farther away from a personality that can be pinned down. It's always one more effects pedal, one more custom amp, one more smash of drummer Atsuo's rear-mounted gong.

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Russian Circles announce additional shows in Asia, Chicago, UK and Ireland Summer 2014


Russian Circles have now added three more shows in Asia immediately following their Japan dates in July. Then on August 11th they will be playing a free show at Millennium Park In their hometown of Chicago as part of the Downtown Sound series. They will then fly to Ireland where they will play the Sargent House Label show in Dublin on August 27th and on August 29th they will headline the ArcTangent Festival in Bristol, UK.

See all Russian Circles Tour Dates and Details HERE.


July 12 - Tokyo, Japan @ Daikanyama UNIT
Leave Them All Behind Fest w/ Jesu, Mono & COHOL
July 13 - Osaka, Japan @ Pangea w/ Jesu
July 15 - Tokyo, Japan @ Shibuya West 
w/ JK Flesh (Justin K. Broadrick Solo) & Endon
July 18 - Taipei, Tawain @ The Wall
July 20 - Singapore @ Zouk
July 22 - Hong Kong @ Hidden Agenda

August 11 - Chicago, IL @ Millennium Park (Free Show)

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